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How do I stop My Documents window from opening at startup?

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When I upgraded to SP2 in Windows XP a My Documents folder opens whenever I boot up Windows.  I've tried regedit and msconfig and can't seem to find what's causing it to open everytime.
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Question by:donner18
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by:tosh9iii
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go to this web page:

http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/Startup-Control-Panel/3000-2094-1539340.html?tag=lst-0-3

and download and install the file.
After you install it, go to

control panel> Startup> check each of the tabs to see if a folder is listed there, then uncheck it
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by:pkaanapu
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Click on start and go to all programs, you'll see a listing called startup. When you highlight startup it will expand and "my documents" should be in there. Simply delete the shortcut and reboot.
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by:kHSw
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Go to Start > Run

Type msconfig and press Enter

In the last tab (Startup), there should be a link to "My Documents".
Uncheck it and press OK.
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by:sloopeth
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close 'my documents' before you shutdown your pc





(jk)
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by:gbeuk
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i have the same problem and have tried everything
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Go to Start > Run, type Regedit and press Enter

Browse to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Find the key 'Userinit'

This should be
C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,

And I guess it's something like this on your box:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe


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by:donner18
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Thanks kHSw!  That did the trick.  All the other suggestions failed.  When I went to the registry it had:
  D:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe
I deleted the first half and no more annoying popup MyDocuments.  Thanks again.
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by:kHSw
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No problem, I just remembered I had seen this before on the computer of a customer...
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by:billfry
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just testing if I can post, my internet explorer is giving me grief lately...
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by:billfry
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and again
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by:1923
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I tried KHSw's Accepted Answer for stopping the My Documents window from opening  at Startup, but it didn't work for me.  Have there been any solutions suggested after 09/17/2004 that might help me solve this problem?
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